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HarvardX and MITx: Two years of open online courses Fall 2012-Summer 2014
Ho, Andrew Dean · Chuang, Isaac · Reich, Justin · Coleman, Cody Austun · Whitehill, Jacob · Northcutt, Curtis G. · Williams, Joseph Jay · Hansen, John D. · Lopez, Glenn · Petersen, Rebecca

PublishedMarch 2015
JournalSSRN Electronic Journal
Pages 1-37

ABSTRACT
What happens when well-known universities offer online courses, assessments, and certificates of completion for free? Early descriptions of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have emphasized large enrollments, low certification rates, and highly educated registrants. We use data from two years and 68 open online courses offered by Harvard University (via HarvardX) and MIT (via MITx) to broaden the scope of answers to this question. We describe trends over this two-year span, depict participant intent using comprehensive survey instruments, and chart course participation pathways using network analysis. We find that overall participation in our MOOCs remains substantial and that the average growth has been steady. We explore how diverse audiences — including explorers, teachers-as-learners, and residential students — provide opportunities to advance the principles on which HarvardX and MITx were founded: access, research, and residential education.

Keywords distance education · edX · HarvardX · higher education ·  · MITx · MOOC · online learning · residential learning

RefereedYes
DOI10.2139/ssrn.2586847
URLhttp://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2586847
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